The Professional Doctorate is the highest scientific and academic degree. Researchers, lecturers, and research instructors with remarkable research capacity, global standards, executive experience, and international research activities can get a Professional Doctorate.
With the APEL.Q method, students may get their Professional Doctorate in 12 months instead of the traditional 3–5 years, saving 95% of study time and 98% cost.
The APEL.Q assessment criteria for Professional Doctorate programs are published and recognized by the UK government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI). After completing the London Academy of Sciences’ APEL.Q procedure, students will acquire a Professional Doctorate in one of SIMI’s 18 majors and get the same advantages as regular students of SIMI.
APEL.Q (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Award of Academic Qualifications) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the assessment of prior experiential learning toward a fully accredited degree offered by the university.
APEL.Q has been widely implemented in Europe and recently in Asia, a number of countries have recognized APEL.Q as an official process with national recognition and it is prioritized for development as an effective policy that serves for liberal education, labor mobility and lifelong learning.
APEL.Q allows professional individuals with no official academic degrees to convert their experiences into a degree. APEL.Q is claimed to be a strict, fair, transparent, accurate and cost-saving process.
In traditional training programs, the award of academic qualification is based on the competencies acquired from the training programs itself. However, APEL.Q is based on the reverse process using the national framework that the government publishes to evaluate an individual’s competency, thereby recognize and grant degrees. Degrees are granted from occupational associations and/or universities if they recognize the assessment procedure.
APEL.Q for Professional Doctorate of the London Academy of Sciences (LAS) is executed using qualifications criteria published and recognized by the United Kingdom government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI).
Students can earn a Professional Doctorate degree in 12 months by following a 3-step process: (1) A portfolio listing and describing your working history and experience (Portfolios); (2) Colloquium & End Point Assessment; and (3) Thesis viva defend. This saves 95% of study time and 98% of tuition compared to full-time study in Europe.
The London Academy of Sciences’ APEL.Q program is the world’s first independently implemented program, with published and accepted qualifications assessment criteria by the United Kingdom government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI).
Students graduate with a Professional Doctorate in one of the following specializations:
The complete qualifications framework used to evaluate APEL.Q of LAS was designed by the UK government in order to ensure recognition and effectiveness in the workplace, with the assistance of councils such as Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England.
Instead of full-time studying for 3 to 5 years in Europe, with the APEL.Q process for Professional Doctorate, you only have 02 activities and 01 course as below:
APEL.Q is a completely fair and transparent procedure. We assure that no costs will be incurred without being announced.
To apply for APEL.Q, the candidates are required to have:
|Diploma||APEL.Q Bachelor||APEL.Q Master||APEL.Q Doctorate|
Level 3 EQF
|10 years||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
|2||Certificate Level 4
Level 4 EQF
|5 years||20 years||Not Applicable|
|3||Diploma Level 4
Level 5 EQF
|5 years||15 years||Not Applicable|
Level 6 EQF Diploma
|Immediately||10 years||Not Applicable|
Level 7 EQF Diploma
Level 8 EQF
Research application requirements:
After the completion of the APEL.Q program, candidates will receive:
Certify the expertise equivalent to Research Scientist according to the Level 8 RQF qualifications framework of the UK government. Certification of competence issued by Senior Leader Bureau in full compliance with the UK government’s competency regulations and guidelines with:
|Content||Code (UK Gov Code)||Notes (Quoted verbatim from the UK government)|
|Level of expertise in labour market||Research Scientist||Research Scientist is a person has full ability and expert in Planning, leading and conducting scientific experiments and analysing results.|
|Level of competency||Level 7,8 RQF||This occupation is found in a wide range of industries including Pharmaceutical, Clinical Trials, Personal Care, Analytical, Manufacturing, Water/Environmental, Energy, Agricultural, Food Science, FMCG, Petro-Chemical, Nuclear, Aerospace, Oil, Gas, Materials, Renewable, Bio medical, NHS, Diagnostics and MOD/Defense. The broad purpose of the occupation is someone who is primarily involved in planning, leading and conducting experiments and analysing results, either with a definite end use, for example to develop new products, processes or commercial applications, or to broaden scientific understanding in general. They provide scientific and technical leadership, giving a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. They can expect to lead on business critical projects – managing the design and implementation of such projects both internally and externally, disseminating findings to internal and external stake-holders and making strategic recommendations based upon the findings of the project. They take into account new scientific methods and breakthroughs, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks. They will be able to effectively collaborate with both industry and academia, working in multidisciplinary teams, to apply results of research and develop new techniques, products or practices. They are responsible for developing ethical, innovative research practices and programmes with the ability to deliver results. They are a role model, with responsibility for those in senior positions and significant organisational budgets. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of individuals and teams. This is due to the varied work and leadership roles that the individual undertakes through their work. This means that these varied interactions require them to communicate across businesses and industries and lead on ensuring scientific information is communicated in efficient ways, examples of these varied interactions are;
Internal – Direct Reports/teams, Project Teams, Line Managers, Senior Managers, Company Boards, Global Heads of Departments, Teams in other International Regions, Manufacturing Sites, Legal Teams, Sales and Marketing teams, Data Management, Securities Teams, Quality Control and Design Teams
Externals – Compliance, Legislation (court/legal) , Regulatory Bodies, Professional Bodies, Universities and Educational Bodies, Customers, External Partners, NGOs, Contract Research Organisations, Sector forums, Patient groups, Media, Technical Specialists, Suppliers andSector skills councils,
The working environment may also be varied and change from day to day due to the diverse nature of the projects and work that the individual may be working on, but can include;
Lab Based, Manufacturing Plants, Field based – External sites(out side), office based, home based, Customer sites, Conferences and education facilities. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for autonomously managing their own work programs and time while maintaining their own CPD and continuing to develop and update the knowledge and skills of others (coach develop/lead). They are responsible for direct line management of research teams or leading peer groups and collections of scientists in programs/experimentation’s to achieve required goals. They report to senior level management/heads of functions while also being accountable for reporting to board members within the company, clients and research councils. They will be responsible for budgetary control of their projects and advising on wider company impacts of research around production costs and profitability of research results.
They will be responsible for managing different streams of work and leading on/designing and carrying out trails of process and procedures and Translation of science to action. Alongside also designing , developing, implementing and evaluating these business changes.
The volumes and breath of this may vary due to the size of the organisation. With smaller companies also requiring their research scientists to be responsible for acquiring business through communication with customers and leading in this area.
|Competency Recognition Code||ST0759||Version: 1.0
Date updated: 31/05/2022
Approved for delivery: 13 May 2019
Route: Health and science
|LARS Ref. Code (Learning aim reference service)||457|
|The body in charge of developing and approving the competency criteria for APEL.Q process||Ofqual (UK.Gov)||Ofqual only recognizes the competency criteria used by the Academy of Sciences for the APEL.Q process|
|Panel of experts involved in the development of the capacity framework||The State Council in combination with the academic council and expert panel at the enterprise helps to increase the validity of the evaluation criteria.||Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England|
|The UK government’s maximum funding||£18000||Only applicable to UK nationals under certain conditions|
Note: The Research Scientist Certified is a Professional Certified from Senior Leader Bureau. The Research Scientist Certified is not a work permit, not a practicing certificate, nor is it an academic degree.
LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research adapt the Level 8 academic competency standard (UK Master’s) with subjects have results recognized includes:
Note: After End-Point Assessment (EPA), candidates will receive the LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research. This diploma is used only for recognition of the academic level and only for registration at the Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend stage of the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI). The LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research is an accredited professional qualification that is not a part of the Ofqual system and is not transferable to other academic degrees if it is not recognized by the LAS.
APEL.Q Assessment Report is a document that evaluates candidates’s competency corresponding to Level 8 RQF (Master). APEL.Q helps the LAS’s partner universities to recognize and admit candidates for the Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend stage.
At the working environment, APEL.Q Assessment Report is also used to demonstrate the competency, the level of professional at enterprises, as well as a tool for human resource managers to evaluate employee performance.
Applicants cannot use the APEL.Q Assessment Report to transfer to other academic programs that are not recognized and authorized in writing by the LAS.
The degree is equivalent to that of full-time international students at Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation.
The assessment consists of the subsequent:
The APEL.Q process consists of two stages and each stage is independently responsible by The London Academy of Sciences (LAS) and Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI). The responsibility of LAS will end after successful transfer of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) results to SIMI and seeking the recognition from the SIMI. After SIMI has recognized the EPA results, the candidate officially becomes a student of SIMI and can participate in the final stage of SIMI (Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend ). As a student, the candidate will have all the benefits of being an international student from SIMI, including the right to receive a degree and attend the SIMI graduation ceremony if they meet all of the criteria from SIMI.
Depending on the SIMI event schedule, candidates can participate in the graduation ceremony held in Europe or other locations chosen by SIMI. Graduation ceremony attendance fees and additional related fees will be paid by the candidates and excluded from the APEL.Q tuition fee.
In case candidates are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, the degree and diploma from the LAS and SIMI will be delivered to the local partner. Candidates can come to the local partner’s office to pick up their degree.
The entire qualifications framework is used to evaluate APEL.Q for the Professional Doctorate program of Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI) recognized by the United Kingdom government with the participation of a variety of councils such as Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England.
APEL.Q competency for Professional Doctorate, at Level 8 in accordance with the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF):
|Level||Qualifications Framework||Equivalent qualifications|
|8||Level UK (RQF)||Level 8 Diploma|
|12||Scotland Level (SCQF)||Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
|Doctorate||The Frameworks for High Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ)||doctorate, for example doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)|
|8||European Level (EQF)||doctorate, for example doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
level 8 diploma
|10||Australian Level (AQF)||Doctoral Degree|
|10||African Level (ACQF)||Doctoral Degree|
|8||ASEAN Level (ARQF)||Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma
Detailed Competency Framework:
|Duty 1 Lead, ensure and be responsible for science based projects. Manage/support, plan, design the running of appropriate activities and make decisions for improvements and next steps||K1 K2 K3 K4 K5
S1 S3 S5 S6 S7
B2 B3 B6 B7
|Duty 2 Lead experiments and ensuring that the appropriate processes are carried out||K1 K3 K4 K5
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
B1 B2 B3 B6
|Duty 3 Combine and compare data from diverse and complex sources (e.g. Literature, experimental data, external/internal contributors) to draw conclusions within a wider context||K1 K4 K5 K6
S1 S2 S6
|Duty 4 Develop new and existing products, services and methods for organisational needs (e.g. development of a new active ingredient or measurement methodology using new equipment)||K1 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7
S1 S2 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6
|Duty 5 Lead on the development of, and drive strategic plans within a scientific context and input to/suggest wider organisational strategy linked to their role||K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7
S1 S3 S4 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
|Duty 6 Effectively lead and manage communications (e.g. complex scientific information and organisational goals) with key stakeholders and other interested parties at all levels including specialist and non-specialist audiences, both internal and external to the organisation.||K1 K2 K8
S1 S3 S4 S7
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
|Duty 7 Advise on the development, critique and implement policies and protocols relating to health, safety, security and ethics.||K2 K3 K5
S2 S3 S4 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
|Duty 8 Achieve goals in accordance with budget and finance targets and take account for financial implications within a wider commercial and organisational context||K2 K3 K5 K6 K7
S2 S3 S4 S5
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
|Duty 9 Make decisions based on an understanding of the organisational and the wider business market (e.g. legal, technical, environmental, political and economic)||K1 K2 K3
S3 S5 S6 S7
|Duty 10 Carry out all data handling, processing and analysis, ensuring integrity with consideration of commercial practices and guidance including documentation, reproducibility regulated process and IP||K3 K5 K6 K7
S1 S2 S6 S7
|Duty 11 Provide leadership and specialist support and organise others in the work place to ensure projects meets the requirements of the organisational goals||K1 K2 K5
B1 B3 B6
|Duty 12 Develop others through demonstration of best practice within the organisation by effective coaching, mentoring, teaching and training||K1 K8
S4 S7 S8
B3 B5 B7
|Duty 13 Identify and implement change management initiatives to meet the demands of technical and organisational requirements||K2 K3 K7 K8
S3 S4 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
K1: Subject specific knowledge: A deep and systemic understanding of a named / recognised scientific subject as found in an industrial setting, such as biology, chemistry or physics, found in the nuclear, food manufacture, pharmacology or energy production sectors, at a level that allows strategic and scientific decision making, while taking account of inter relationships with other relevant business areas / disciplines
K2: Management, leadership and effective communication. Organisation objectives and where their role contributes to the success achievement of these objectives. How to communicate effectively with a wide range of senior leaders across different departments, up and down the supply chain, within their own team. Advanced mixed media communication, such as presentations, report writing (technical and non-technical) negotiation and influencing. Leadership within a team of multi discipline specialists at different levels across the organisation, ensuring a shared vision and commitment to success. Effective project management as used in their employer’s environment with regard to quality, cost and time. The employers organisational structure and where their own role fits
K3: Ethics, regulation and registration: All current relevant national and international regulations needed to carry out the role. This will include scientific regulation, health and safety and laboratory safe practice, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. Ethical scientific practice and the employers processes and procedures surrounding professional conduct. How to identify, record, mitigate and manage risk. The impact of failure and how to manage risk on the business. The benefits of equality of diversity in the workplace
K4: Research methodologies: Methodologies appropriate to the sector and how to formulate and apply a hypothesis. Appropriate application of scientific process. The unpredictability of research projects and the need to adapt and adjust daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
K5: Data analysis and evaluation: Statistical analysis techniques, numerical modelling techniques and how they are applied in context. How to interpret and categorise data to make informed and objective decisions against the goals and targets of the project. How to evaluate and interpret the data and associated analysis against company objectives
K6: Data management: How to safely store and handle data in line with national and international data protection and cyber security regulations that apply to the role. How to manage and store data in line with employer processes and security approach. How to create an appropriate data management plan
K7: Entrepreneurial and enterprise: How to consider a multi solution approach to the objective in the key stages of a project. Market analysis awareness (SWOT / PESTLE / feasibility studies) and how to assess the impact of the project on the business. Intellectual property rights as they apply to the role and specific projects. Value for money and the ability to use market analysis to make go / no go decisions
K8: Development of self and others: The importance of continuing professional development and how to maintain their own specialist knowledge in an ever evolving environment. How to effectively coach and mentor colleagues, peers or team members to address identified skills gaps, using appropriate methods. How to upskill non-technical colleagues to enable them to complete their own role as needed.
S1: Application of Scientific Knowledge: Apply a range of advanced, new and emerging practical and experimental skills appropriate to the role (e.g. chemical synthesis, bio analysis, computational modeling).
S2: Data Collection and Reporting: Capture and evaluate data critically drawing a logical conclusion, e.g. Case Report Forms, Data Management Plans, Data Review Plans, edit checks and User Acceptance Testing Plans
S3: Commercial and Business Issues: Identify issues, including intellectual property and the commercial demands of the business environment. Understand the scientific objectives of work undertaken and its relevance to the organisation
S4: Communication Skills: Write extended reports and critique others’ work across a range of documentation, e.g. protocols, consent forms and scientific reports. Deliver oral presentations and answer questions about their work and/or the work of their team. Utilise interpersonal skills, communication and assertiveness to persuade, motivate and influence. Discuss work constructively and objectively with colleagues customers and others; respond respectfully to and acknowledge the value of alternate views and hypothesis
S5: Project Management and Leadership: Generate effective project plans to include management of scope, schedules, budget and risk. Organise resources, budgets, tasks and people. Co-ordinate team activities to meet project requirements and quality processes. Adapt scientific strategy/delivery to be consistent with requirements. e.g. client, regulatory, ethical, geographic
S6: Critical Thinking: Conceptualise, evaluate and analyse information to solve problems
S7: Research and dissemination: Frame research questions and methodology drawing from current sources e.g., literature and databases. They can produce intellectual insight and innovations in their own discipline to be shared with colleagues, peers and wider stakeholders internal and external to the business
S8: Developing others: Apply a range of coaching and mentoring techniques with colleague’s peers and team members, selecting the correct method to suit the situation and the person being coached / mentored
B1: Team Working: Collaboration, influence, and respect for others
B2: Flexibility and Adaptability: Responsiveness to change, adjusting to different conditions, technologies, situations and environments
B3: Integrity and Reliability: Respect for the confidentiality of individuals and company information. An intrinsic ethical stance to all aspects of day to day activities. Reputation of trust internally and externally
B4: Management of Expectations of senior management, study sponsors, vendors, investigational sites and key opinion leaders
B5: Accountability: For self and others to ensure that actions are in the best interest of affected parties
B6: Planning, Prioritisation and Organisation: Effective time management
B7: Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Accountability of own and others development needs, undertaking CPD. Curiosity of science and proactively develops knowledge to ensure that scientific and business decisions are based on strong science.
You can provide copies of your diplomas/certificates:
You can provide work samples:
Records of work activities
You can provide documents showing your work activities:
You can provide evidence that shows what you have done in your daily life:
You can provide copies of document such as (completed form):
You can provide copies of email communication with other related departments to prove your correlative competencies:
You can provide letters to verify your competency from:
Candidates are encouraged to check and research sufficient information from reliable sources before applying to the APEL.Q procedure from the LAS.
The LAS and its partners do not commit to anything beyond their jurisdiction.
The Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI) was established with one mission in mind – to be a world leader in providing high-quality, fully accredited, and globally recognized academic programs to an international clientele.
SIMI provides a unique opportunity to transform learners’ lives by giving students access to authentic, high-quality Swiss education and training. This is further enhanced by top-notch professors, internationally recognized qualifications, strong employability, and clear career progressions.
Our career-oriented study programs are based on and are fully compatible with the established European educational systems, guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Compatibility is evaluated through an accreditation process via accredition and recognized bodies.
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